Many breastfeeding mothers who choose to pump breast milk may worry they are not producing enough milk.
In truth, only a few breastfeeding moms have low milk supply, particularly during the first few weeks.
That said, if your breast milk supply is low, there are ways to increase your breast milk supply naturally.
Whether you're exclusively pumping or using a breast pump to supplement your breastmilk, these tips to boost milk production will surely help you.
Let's explore them below.
Potential reasons for low breast milk production
There are various reasons for new mums' difficulty in producing enough breast milk, including:
Insufficient breast stimulation signals
An ineffective nursing technique or poor latch
Using formula or pacifiers too early
Hormonal or medical factors, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders, hormonal birth control methods etc.
Stress and fatigue
Underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or anaemia
Tips to increase breast milk supply when pumping
If you want to produce more milk for your baby when pumping, try these strategies:
Increase Pumping Frequency
Increasing the frequency of pumping sessions can be beneficial if you want to increase breast milk production.
You can add an extra pumping session during the day or pump more frequently in shorter intervals to signal your body that it needs to produce more milk.
Optimise Pumping Technique with a Breast Pump
An efficient and properly fitted breast pump is crucial for effective milk expression.
To do so, set the pump's suction to a comfortable level. Experiment with different pumping settings to find what works best for you.
Massaging your breasts before and during pumping can also help stimulate milk flow.
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Power pumping involves mimicking a baby's cluster-feeding pattern to stimulate milk production.
To power pump, dedicate one hour to a pumping session consisting of 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break, then another 10 minutes, and so on. Doing this once a day for a few consecutive days can help increase your milk supply.
Practice Hands-On Pumping
Hands-on pumping, also known as breast compression during pumping, can significantly increase your milk supply. This technique helps to drain the milk ducts and stimulate milk production fully.
While pumping, use your hands to gently massage your breasts and apply gentle pressure towards the chest wall.
Seek Support and Guidance
If you're facing milk supply or pumping challenges, you can seek support from lactation consultants or your baby's doctor.
These professionals can provide personalised advice, troubleshooting help, reassurance, and support to overcome any difficulties you experience as you embark on your breastfeeding journey.
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Use a supplemental nursing system or 'supply line' to supply milk to your baby while breastfeeding.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle! Consuming too much caffeine and smoking can make you produce less milk.
Increase skin-to-skin contact to encourage your baby to breastfeed longer and increase the bonding between you and your baby.
Nurse your baby more - the more frequently your baby nurses, the more breast milk you will make.
Drink lots of fluids! Under and excessive overhydration can decrease milk supply.
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